Category Archives: Hive Components

Bee Boxes And Frames : A Winter’s Tale

I received a call once from a young lady who wanted to see if her husband could “experience a day as a beekeeper” – a birthday present.  Somehow I don’t think she meant: sit in a room in mid-winter with … Continue reading

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Winter Preparation : The Final Steps

The bees are all tucked in for the winter now.  After making a bit more than enough mouse guards to place on those hives still “unguarded”, I switched the hives from fall-feed-mode to winter-mode. OUT WITH THE FEEDERS IN WITH … Continue reading

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Making Mouse Guards 2013

More than half of my hives are in bee yards where bears are known to roam.  These yards have either solar/electric bear fences, Livestock Guard Dogs, or very large dogs who live on the property (the latter two are different … Continue reading

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Making Bottom Screens For Bee Hives

The sun has come out (periodically), and the temperature has reached the balmy 50F’s here in northwest Washington state.  This has inspired me to get outside and build bottom screen for the hives.   I need to do this, now.  I … Continue reading

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Bee Hive Foundation Experiment (foundationless and half-sheet)

I’ve previously posted about the myriad of choices in beehive foundation.  This post is about an experiment I’m running this year with Foundationless Frames and Frames Hung With Half-Sheets of Wax Foundation.  I’ll call these “Half-Hung” frames to make writing … Continue reading

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Preparing Supers For Bee Hives

I’m back – yes, I went away for 2 weeks:  5 days of driving and 7 days of hiking Paria Canyon in southern Utah. “The Narrows” in Paria Canyon (the river is the trail) Before I left I had to … Continue reading

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Storing Drawn Foundation at Brookfield Farm

Spring usually is not the time to contemplate how to store frames of foundation, but I was asked about this recently.  In addition, I was just hanging up some drawn, empty frames that once contained honey, which my bees have … Continue reading

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Checking Hives In February

In a “normal” year, February brings deep snow in our area.  This is year we have seen cold sunny days, cold overcast days, rain, a few sunny 50-degree (F) days, and now, as I write this, snow.  During the sunny … Continue reading

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Bee Hive Foundation : So Many Foundations So Little Time

What kind of foundation should one use in a hive?  Now there’s a question that can start hours of conversations, and, sometimes, arguments.  I thought I’d weigh in with my two cents on the subject. First all the disclaimers: What … Continue reading

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